Analysis Of Barbara Ehrenreich 's ' Nickel And Dimed ' Essay

1268 Words Aug 16th, 2015 6 Pages
Three and a half million. That is how many homeless people there are in America ("Overview of Homelessness In America." Homelessness In America. N.p., n.d. Web.) . Have you ever thought, “Why don’t they just take a shower and go get a job?” It’s not like it would be that difficult, right? Wrong. In Barbara Ehrenreich’s novel, Nickel and Dimed: On (not) Getting by in America, she engages in some old-fashioned, undercover journalism to see how those affected by poverty live, and if it is really possible to escape from it with only a job and willpower. In most cases, just having an entry-level job isn’t enough to make it in America; jobs that are readily available are typically more physically demanding and they don’t provide the financial stability that the middle and upper class take for granted. In the beginning of her journey for the truth, Ehrenreich adopts a jocular, borderline condescending, tone when describing her meager accommodations. “There are two kinds of low-rent motel rooms in America: the Hampton Inn type, […] and the other kind, in which history has been allowed to accumulate in the form of carpet stains, lingering deposits of cigarette smoke, and Cheeto crumbs deep under the bed,” (Ehrenreich 53). She looks down on her room as if thinking, “How could people live in such filth?” Ehrenreich shows that she has grown accustomed to a certain lifestyle, the comfortable lifestyle of a successful published author, that leys her audience know that she is drastically…

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